By Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg
Recent activity: Fri, Feb 10: added a description for Moreland … Fri, Feb 10: added a pdf for Moreland … Fri, Feb 10: added a new tune: Moreland.
|Tune Name and Description||First Line||Files|
|Newton. C.M. (2009) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||In vain I trace creation o'er||pdf • mp3|
|Sweetest Joys. C.P.M. (2012) • major folk hymn • 6/4 time||Say, mighty Love, and teach my song,|
|Compassion. S.M. (2007–9) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||What is it keeps me back,||pdf • mp3|
|Auburndale. C.M.D. (2009) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||O for a thousand tongues to sing||pdf • mp3|
|Anniston. L.M. (2013) • major plain tune • 4/4 time||Sweet is the day of sacred rest,||pdf • mp3|
|Farewell Brethren. C.M. (2010) • major plain tune • 4/4 time||Brethren, I bid you all farewell,||pdf • mp3|
|Hamrick. 7s. (2006–7) • major plain tune • 3/4 time||Lord, I would be as Thou art;||pdf • mp3 • mp3|
|Middletown. L.M.D. (2008) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||Broad is the road that leads to death|
|Akerman. L.P.M. (2012) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||Where'er he spreads his beams abroad,|
|Dearborn. S.P.M. (2008) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||When men of mischief rise||pdf • mp3|
|A Glimpse of Thee. L.M. (2009) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||Lord, what a heav'n of saving grace||pdf • mp3|
|Ceresa. C.P.M. (2010) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||Thou God of harmony and love,||pdf • mp3|
|Clinton. C.M. (2010) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||Let every mortal ear attend,|
|Now I Was Free. (2005–9) • major ode • 4/4 time||I looked at my hand to see if …|
|Home in Heaven. 7s. (2007) • major folk hymn • 6/4 time||Though the world may me disown,||pdf • mp3|
|Moreland. L.M. (2016) • major plain tune • 3/4 time||I am a stranger here below,|
|Gadsden. L.M.D. (2013) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||Spare us, O Lord, aloud we pray,||pdf • mp3|
|Waddell Street. C.M. (2014) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||O land of rest for thee I sigh:|
|Ezekiel's Vision. (2014) • major anthem • multiple modes of time||I beheld, and lo a likeness as …|
|Norfolk. S.M. (2012) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||My days are as the grass|
|Lee. C.M. (2013–14) • minor plain tune • 3/4 time||Not from the dust affliction grows,|
|Aaron's Beard. (2012) • major anthem • multiple modes of time||Behold, how good and how pleasant it is|
|Saint's Reward. L.P.M. (2008) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||For ever blessed be the Lord,||pdf • mp3|
|Heavenly Choir. 10s & 11s. (2010) • minor part song • 2/4 time||Ye heavenly choir, assist me to sing,||pdf • mp3|
|Worship. 8s & 7s. (2009) • major camp meeting tune • 2/4 time||Brethren, we have met to worship,||pdf • mp3 • mp3|
|Carroll. 11s. (2011) • major plain tune • 4/4 time||Dear God my protector my father and friend,|
|Prayer of Faith. S.M. (2007) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||Hungry, and faint, and poor|
|Choccolocco. L.M. (2009) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||I am a stranger here below,||pdf • mp3|
|Valley Grove. S.M. (2008) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||And am I born to die?|
|Błazej. S.M. (2008) • major part song • 2/4 time||My Maker and my King,|
|Wilscot. S.M. (2008) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||Blest are the sons of peace,||pdf • mp3|
|Latham. C.M. (2009) • minor plain tune • 3/4 time||Not from the dust affliction grows,||pdf • mp3|
|Macon. C.M.D. (2007–8) • major folk hymn • 4/4 time||Dear friends, farewell, I do you tell||pdf • mp3|
|Eagle Lake. 8s & 7s. (2009) • minor folk hymn • 6/4 time||Dark and thorny is the desert||pdf • mp3|
|Douglasville. C.M.D. (2008) • major fuging tune • 4/4 time||Eternal Sun of righteousness,|
|Averill Park. C.M.D. (2009) • minor camp meeting tune • 6/8 time||Oh weep not for the joys that fade||pdf • mp3|
|Boston. L.M.D. (2010) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||No more I ask, or hope to find,|
|Everlasting. C.M.D. (2009) • minor fuging tune • 4/4 time||"Wise, just, and righteous are thy ways;"||pdf • mp3|
I have been composing music in the styles of the Sacred Harp since 2003. I have learned about writing music from Raymond C. Hamrick, P. Dan Brittain, and Neely Bruce as well as from my fellow tune writers from the Northeastern United States: Aldo Ceresa, Allison Blake Steel, Gregory Mulkern, Lauren Bock, and Justin Levi, among others. My tunes "Hamrick," "Newton," and "Clinton" are included in the Northern Harmony (Fifth Edition, 2012). Another tune of mine, "A Glimpse of Thee," is included in The Sacred Harp (Revised Cooper Edition, 2012) with an alternate text under the name "National Blessings." Two more songs, "Douglasville" and "Wilscot," are included in The Shenandoah Harmony (2013). Seven songs of mine are included in issues of The Trumpet (2011–2014).
Much of my inspiration has come from studying the music of composers who directly contributed to The Sacred Harp. I am particularly fond of the songs in our book by Daniel Read, William Walker, E. J. King, Edmund Dumas, J. P. & H. S. Rees, O. A. Parris, Paine Denson, and A. M. Cagle.
Along with Aldo Ceresa, Allison Blake Steel, and other singer-composers, I’ve helped organize gatherings where composers active in the Sacred Harp tradition meet to sing and discuss each others music in the context of trying to better understand this tradition. Since 2006, I've attended and helped organize such gatherings at singings and singing schools in Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia in the United States, and in Poland.
I sing tenor and bass at Sacred Harp singings in Georgia, Alabama, and beyond. I serve as vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the non-profit organization that publishes The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition. I also edit The Sacred Harp Publishing Company Newsletter and serve as director of research for the Publishing Company's Sacred Harp Museum. I teach regularly at Camp Fasola, an annual summer camp for learning Sacred Harp singing and traditions. I research and write on the history and social context of Sacred Harp singing and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the subject titled "Folklore's Filter: Race, Place, and Sacred Harp Singing."
I would appreciate any feedback about these tunes. Please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.